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    • BBC News | Jessica Mudditt | 10 min
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      There may be an initial period where a work addict is more productive than someone who isn’t addicted to work, but it will get to a point when they are no longer productive and their health and relationships are affected. It could be after one year, or it could be after five. But if you don’t do anything about it, you could end up having a heart attack.

      One realizes the sheer importance of the little things and how this is what helps us maintain semblance of the world around us, when compared to being 'always-on' .

      She also recommends creating a ‘not-to-do list’ to avoid overscheduling, and giving the brain essential opportunities for renewal to boost its performance.

      I love this idea of a not-to-do-list!

    • The Guardian | Andrew Anthony | 8/5/18 | 7 min
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      The idea of free information is extremely dangerous when it comes to the news industry. If there’s so much free information out there, how do you get people’s attention?

      We’re willing to pay for high quality food and clothes and cars, so why not high quality information?

      We are at a critical moment with the internet and it has one curious about the notion of "information wants to be free" as thus far in this experiment... it seems to be taking a turn for the negative. This also comes down to a matter of scale. I think information in a local sense deserves to 'free' in some capacity. Also a challenge rests in this digital world we now live in, to decipher what determines our locality.

      Is it the niche groups we belong to? Is it an app that we are an early adopter to? At what point is it ideal to pay for information?

    • WIRED | Jason Parham | 8/4/20 | 31 min
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      Not being a TikTok user this was educational as to the cultural impact the app has had. It will be interesting to see what the state of TikTok will soon be in the United States.

      I keep returning to something she told me in our very first conversation. We were talking about how certain TikTokers act in real life, when they've turned off the camera. Maybe they're nice kids. Maybe they're not overtly racist. So what then? “When people do those things on the app to get clout, to get views, to get fame, but then they're a completely different person off the app,” Blackmon said, “that is where the problem lies.”

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      Article on Google's unethical dominance when it comes to search. Another great reason to switch over to DuckDuckGo as your default search engine, to ensure one actually receives the best search results.

      In queries for specific airlines that appeared in our sample, Google presented Google Flights at the top of the results page, before links to the airlines’ own websites. A search for “nonstop flight” also returned Google Flights in the top spot, above competitors. And travel sites aren’t just Google’s competitors; they’re also its customers. Together, Expedia and Booking spent $5.8 billion on Google advertising in the 12 months ending in September 2019, according Skift, the travel research firm.

      “They did kill us,” he said. “But not by making the best product.”

    • WIRED | WIRED Staff | 8/6/19 | 36 min
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      really trippy read into the dark underpinnings of what one could classify as the 'deep web'

      shady characters who have created a platform for conspirators, criminals and so on

      ‘The internet offered much of what Brennan was lacking: entertainment, a way to socialize—and, crucially, anonymity. ‘

    • Vox | Ezra Klein | 7/1/20 | 11 min
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      Love the introduction to Marshall McLuhan's work in this interview, as well as the importance of interviewing Nicholas Carr on this truly fascinating idea... of how technology changes us.

      Presently, we are at an inflection point with the ways in which social media impacts our collective understanding of the world. It is so integral to understand that this phenomenon will soon come about in a new-form, as it always does. We have understood the world based around print media, to radio, to television and now our understanding is built upon the internet.

      My curiosity rests in where it will come from next? Perhaps, VR?

      I think it was quite clear even back then that we were making this big tradeoff between getting lots and lots of information very, very quickly and developing a rich base of knowledge. What was lost was not only the ability to engage in deep reading and attentive thought and contemplation, but also when we come across new information, the ability to bring it into our mind and put it into a broader context. That takes time. That takes attention. That takes focus.

      We ought to get Nicholas Carr on Readup.

    • The Atlantic | Ross Andersen | 7/29/20 | 38 min
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      It feels as though one is reading Orwell's 1984, while reading the real-world examples of how a government body is using the latest technologies to create a surveillance state.

      The party’s ability to edit history and culture, by force, will become more sweeping and precise, as China’s AI improves.

      Each time a person’s face is recognized, or her voice recorded, or her text messages intercepted, this information could be attached, instantly, to her government-ID number, police records, tax returns, property filings, and employment history. It could be cross-referenced with her medical records and DNA, of which the Chinese police boast they have the world’s largest collection.

      The ultimate permanent record that we thought existed as a child, is disturbingly coming to fruition in an entirely different form.

      The political systems that constrain a technology during its early development profoundly shape our shared global future.

      All 3 of these quotes symbolize the sheer importance of understanding what is happening in China with their usage of Artificial Intelligence.

    • fs.blog | 5/29/12 | 8 min
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      Excellent find @deephdave.

      A few quotes that stuck out.

      In science, noise is a generalization beyond the actual sound to describe random information that is totally useless for any purpose, and that you need to clean up to make sense of what you are listening to.

      There was even more noise coming from the media and its glorification of the anecdote. Thanks to it, we are living more and more in virtual reality, separated from the real world, a little bit more every day, while realizing it less and less.

      These are awfully tough quotes to sit with, as we realize the wonders/yet perils of the internet. The amount of 'noise' we encounter on a day-to-day basis in our explorations in our daily encounters on the web, seem to be growing exponentially.

      One valid question/one thought to start with at first is: how many tabs do you have open right now? Are any of these tabs social media?

      I have 13 tabs in total open, 2 being social media forms. I believe that social media and the way the informational ecology shapes out on these platforms predisposes us to way too much information to meaningfully interact with/ hence the growth of video on these platforms...

      To conclude, navigating online is tough, especially if you are trying to sustain attention.. minimize the tabs you have open and try & engage as intentionally as you can... yes even on social media.

      Logging onto Readup today is a great start!

    • Bloomberg Quint | Daniel Zuidijk | 8/8/20 | 10 min
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      digital guerilla warfare. Twitter is the battlefield.

      I sometimes call it the digital zombie apocalypse, because it feels like this virus that has been spreading to people’s minds through the internet.

      I've come across more and more QAnon articles over the past month or so, and it is quite troubling to see that this is occurring. Especially, as all of our lives continually are shaped more and more by what content we engage with online. The really freaky part, is that nonsense conspiracies are truly damaging crucial relationships whether it may be friends/families/colleagues.. as there is no grounding of truth between what is being discussed.

      Misinformation, 'digital guerilla warfare' as well as the fact that our social platforms have become informational battlefields is such an interesting thing to try & understand.

    • Medium | Benjamin Hardy, PhD | 4/3/17 | 2 min
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      Short read, but valuable lesson.

      Are you an initiator? You absolutely can be.

      But if not, one thing is for certain: Life isn’t going to wait for you.

    • WIRED | Steven Levy | 8/7/20 | 17 min
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      Interesting Article of Stephen Levy's interviewing Bill Gates about the handling of the COVID crisis and anti-trust hearings.

      Also, at one point Gates has a hot take on social media, despite himself being a mentor of Zuckerberg's. There has been vast conspiracy theories about Gates ripping through social media, so I can only imagine what that must feel like.

      Well, strangely, I’m involved in almost everything that anti-science is fighting. I’m involved with climate change, GMOs, and vaccines. The irony is that it’s digital social media that allows this kind of titillating, oversimplistic explanation of, “OK, there’s just an evil person, and that explains all of this.” And when you have [posts] encrypted, there is no way to know what it is.

    • The New York Times Company | Kashmir Hill | 7/31/20 | 6 min
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      This article reminds one of how really unrealistic it is nowadays avoiding the overpowering reach of big tech. I have tried to outwit the game and shift my usage to alternatives, but one really has a ton of additional research to conduct to even find these alternatives in the first place.

      An easy recommendation at first, is to start using DuckDuckGo as your default search option instead of Google.

      ^ this is a small step to take in the grand scheme of things, but it is a step in the right direction.

      Critics of the big tech companies are often told, “If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.” My takeaway from the experiment was that it’s not possible to do that.

    • Medium | douglas rushkoff | 8/6/20 | 3 min
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      In perhaps the most spectacular reversal of figure and ground we’ve yet witnessed, corporations have been winning court cases that give them the rights of human beings — from personhood and property to free speech and religious convictions — while human beings now strive to brand themselves in the style of corporations. But corporations are not people.

      *Douglas Rushkoff yet again with some more wisdom in this bifurcating time between human needs and corporate interests.

    • WIRED | Gilad Edelman | 8/5/20 | 13 min
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      If advertisers start paying to appear in a certain context rather than to target a certain user, it will advantage publishers whose content is actually good—and put out of business the long tail of low-quality or outright fraudulent sites that currently soak up much of the money spent on automated programmatic advertising.

      Great article discussing how having a more direct relationship with advertising on the web, rather than third-party trackers lurking behind your every move. I'm game!

    • subpixel.space | Toby Shorin | 19 min
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      Businesses want to be active participants in their customers’ social landscape, because brand values are the last battleground for differentiation. This is the very justification for community marketing, and the driving force behind the evolution of brand social media accounts from joke memes to increasingly woke and personal human voices. Offering a dedicated social space is a further extension of social participation. By providing a social space, brands can try to deepen their connection with users and have a place for content they produce to be discussed.

      The future of social networking starts on a basis of paid communities. Super interesting read giving examples: as well as optimism for the web as a whole!

    • aaronzlewis.com | Aaron Z. Lewis | 12 min
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      I wonder how we can help the generation that grew up on Minecraft get as excited about re-animating their physical environments as they are about improving their virtual worlds. A Nikita S. tweet comes to mind: “One of the magical things about a childhood spent in simulated worlds where the rules of behavior and of the universe are easily broken (and sometimes rewarded), is that the ‘rules’ / existing system in the real world appear more fungible. Kids break shit, try new methods.”

      Fascinating read on utilizing the power of online communities to build excitement when it comes to revamping our offline experiences.

    • The Atlantic | Kristen McConnell | 8/4/20 | 6 min
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    • MEL Magazine | 7/31/20 | 6 min
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      By comparison, “i ain’t reading all that,” although widely applicable, resists obvious categorization with its pointedly mixed messages. If it conveys anything, it is the explicit rejection of context — a plea for mercy, and to go no further down the rabbit hole.

      The need for better curation in this age of increasing propensity for exposure to information of all sorts is existential.

      I don't know about anyone else, but initially plugging into the internet for the day, I truly have no idea what information to expect, but yet maybe this is what has all addicted in the end.

      Before you dive deep into your rabbit holes for the day, take a breath and examine what are you actually looking for?

    • MEL Magazine | 7/28/20 | 16 min
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      She’s so damn good at having her finger on the pulse. I just wish she had chosen another avenue to focus her skills on.

      This is the capacity of the internet and it's ability to capture the utmost of our consciousness. I largely worry as we are living more and more in our siloed existences, connecting with information online that aligns with our newly-formed values.

      Moral values as a whole are now being reevaluated as we become more and more 'niche' within our interests.

      How do we avoid becoming specialists of our Facebook feeds and instead being aware that we are not our informational ecosystem?

    • David's Notes | David Senra | 11/6/19 | 7 min
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      Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them. It’s a rare person who etches grooves that are other than a specific way of looking at things, a specific way of questioning things.

      Negative thought patterns can dictate your entirety. Find constructive ways to question your reality and search for ways to improve upon it, but it really all starts with ones mindset.

    • The New York Times Company | MARC TRACY | 7/28/20 | 4 min
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      “If we tried it and it doesn’t work, at least we can say we tried it.”

      Wonderful to see the different types of business models which are coming about in this unprecedented "Digital Age" we find ourselves within.

      Defector, is a media company which has 20 employees, hasn't taken any money from VCs... and is using a subscription model to make their business happen.

      Another note: is that each of their 20, earns 5% of the total revenue... which is an intriguing route to say the least.

    • Medium | Jarrod Dicker | 7/30/20 | 13 min
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      The new media economy will be built on a foundation of the very things that drive its value: the creator and the creator’s product.

      Inspiring article for any of those considering the renaissance model and diving into all things creative professionally!

      We have more tools now than ever, to rid ourselves of the media conglomerates, but it comes down to finding our audience(s) and creating consistently.

    • The Verge | James Vincent | 7/23/20 | 5 min
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      A web-based simulation AI by Facebook to better predict ‘bad behaviors’.... Facebooks track record for innovating and creating more distrust amongst its users has thus far been the result.

      Maybe, this can turn things around?

      Probably not though, lol.

    • Data & Society: Points | danah boyd | 1/5/17 | 11 min
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      The Internet has long been used for gaslighting, and trolls have long targeted adversaries. What has shifted recently is the scale of the operation, the coordination of the attacks, and the strategic agenda of some of the players.

      Oof. What an interesting time we are living through, it is hard to know which story will lead the way nowadays in our media environments... as there are a wide variety of actors both corporate as well as trolls polluting our informational environments.

      The key to making it through this time of immense confusion is to focus on the quality of the information in which you choose to interact with versus quantity.. hence why reading an article better suits us than getting trapped into reading a twitter thread, getting lost amongst the multitude of comments located in the initial tweet's "underbelly."

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      Any kind of important book should immediately be read twice, partly because one grasps the matter in its entirety the second time, and only really understands the beginning when the end is known

      Re-reading a book immediately after finishing it the first time is something I have never thought of. Wonderful piece of writing, reminds me I use Readup in the first place!

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      it is important to be able to step outside your frame of reference and empathize with your critics.

    • Ben Werdmüller | Ben Werdmüller | 7/20/20 | 3 min
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    • The New York Times Company | Agnes Callard | 7/21/20 | 7 min
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      important read examining ethics of cancel culture and the future of public intellectual thought.

    • Science of Us | John H. Richardson, Colby Katz | 12/11/18 | 40 min
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      leaves one wondering what happens to individuals who are wrapped in radical/existential ideologies... once they no longer hold their ideals.

      Unfortunately, the way the dominant big tech platforms, ascribe such radical believers to find common affinities, is perpetuating this issue.

      This is a group that I am very curious about, because I imagine this process could be quite tragic psychologically... having to "reprogram" ones psyche in some sense.

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      Crazy times call for meanwhile declarations such as this, love the variety of thinkers who signed off on this!

    • Medium | Simon Sarris | 12/17/19 | 13 min
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      To have a devotion, or even a productive hobby, will always be more virtuous than heaving great sums of your life energy into a political maw. If thinking is too polluted, too political, then we should spend more time doing, and through this we might improve the earth.

      This quote epitomizes the time we are living through. Devote time to hobbies, constructively developing your attention versus getting involved in brief political skirmishes via social media. If we don't learn how to effectively reclaim our attention we will never be able to figure out solutions to the latest problem of our time.

    • The New York Times Company | 5/8/18 | 22 min
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      The IDW is a very interesting case in-point to look towards in the midst of an informational crisis aided by traditional media's uncertain goals...

      It makes one consider what media outlets we should consider. Regardless, if you are unfamiliar with the Intellectual Dark Web, here is a good place to start.

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      Super interesting read at a critical time, to understand the shifts that are occurring politically...

      Invest time into your relationships and have difficult conversations, work towards sensemaking and truly examine the information you consume on a daily basis.

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      Interesting insight on the rise and fall of networks... particularly when users withdraw from platforms. Perhaps this is what we should do with the cancerous outgrowth of Facebook.

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      "Scalable learning offers the potential to shift away from a “diminishing returns” model to an “increasing returns” model where the more people who join together to learn faster, the more rapidly value gets created."

      If only the dominant tech platforms weren't driven by attention metrics, and instead switched over to bringing users value in what they learned while being engaged with their products...

      This is what has me optimistic with an outlet such as Readup.. it truly is a win-win as we all receive "increasing returns" by our engagement, instead of diminishing returns.

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      Higher Education is bound for changes in their overbearing tuition costs due to the outbreak of COVID-19... leaving many parents disappointed in their children taking $3,000+ courses entirely online through Zoom conferences.

      Let's learn how to better utilize the web for our education and reshape it to learn what it is we are truly passionate about!

    • Science of Us | James D. Walsh | 5/11/20 | 18 min
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      Excellent Article, for someone considering enrolling into graduate school such as myself... there are amazing (MOOCS) Massive Open Online courses platforms... which now exist such as Coursera, Edx and FutureLearn which can work great as a matter of supplemental education.

      However, the real challenge that lies ahead is the overall perception of receiving multiple certifications versus receiving an degree. My curiousity also rests in a matter of holding oneself accountable in terms of an online curriculum versus offline which is truly beneficial in the mode of having a specific time to spend on class work, resources for classes.

      Ripe time for a disruption in higher-ed to say the least!!!!

    • Medium | Bill Loundy | 4/21/20 | 6 min
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      Good for you man!

      I have been phasing out all forms of social media one site at a time the past 2-3 years and have ended up back where I began.

      Initially deleted Twitter, then Facebook, then Instagram and then Snapchat.

      All throughout this time I was shamefully using Facebook still not on the app, but on my Safari app... but at the start of Quarantine I deactivated my Facebook for good and have been incredibly pleased with this.

      It is interesting though... the more time I’ve spent away from social media, the more I’ve had a chance to re-evaluate the way in which I had used it. It feels great to educate ourselves on just how critical of a role social media plays... the vast potential it has in channeling your message is wonderful.

      It just seems as though, if you don’t take the time to reflect on your goals with social media... one will never use it to its full utility. And that’s what taking a step back from social media has allowed for me and I hope it allows that for you too!

      I’m back on Twitter however and reactivated my old profile, and realized that I want to be more “public” with my music and my intellectual interests. So cheers to new beginnings!

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      Another beautiful long-form writing on consciousness. "We must know and we will know."

      --Takes a deep dive into IIT (integrated information theory) along with the view of panpsychism in regards to consciousness.

    • The Guardian | Oliver Burkeman | 1/21/15 | 27 min
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      "It would be poetic – albeit deeply frustrating – were it ultimately to prove that the one thing the human mind is incapable of comprehending is itself."

      What an enjoyable deep-dive article on the hard problem of consciousness. I highly recommend this!